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Richard Tan (US)

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Richard Tan

Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan began his studies in Chinese Medicine as a small child living in Taiwan. There he apprenticed with numerous masters and studied herbal medicine, five elements, zang-fu energetics and channel theory. As a young man, he took his training to the army hospital where he treated hundreds of patients in conjunction with their western medical treatment. After moving to the United States, Dr. Tan recognized frustration in the acupuncture community where many practitioners complained about the lack of clinical results and the length of time that it took for patients to feel better. Yet, the classical texts state that the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments should be seen immediately, just as the shadow appears instantly when a pole is placed under the sun. Dr. Tan had an overwhelming desire to share this information, and he began to lecture about the classical methods of acupuncture that yield instant results. Years later, Dr. Tan is now renowned for sharing his knowledge of the Balance Method to thousands of practitioners worldwide. He continues to lecture on the basics of acupuncture treatments, while constantly expanding his teachings for dedicated students. Besides compiling this traditional knowledge, Dr. Tan is most proud of his own unique inventions in the field of Chinese medicine. He developed the Strategy of Twelve Magical Points which treats complex and multifaceted disorders. In addition, he combined the Balance Method with Five-Element theory which allows for tonification and sedation of specific points without needle manipulation. Dr. Tan is currently the author of five books: Twelve and Twelve in Acupuncture, Twenty-Four More in Acupuncture, Shower of Jewels, Dr. Tan’s Strategy of Twelve Magical Points and Acupuncture 1,2,3. He has plans for a future book entitled Acupuncture 1,2,3 for Internal Disorders. Dr. Tan is also sought after for his knowledge of Feng Shui design for both residential homes and large-scale business developments. In addition, he also makes time for personalized Ba-Zi readings based on his complex understanding of Chinese astrology.



• Private training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture beginning with his family since the age of 7 years

• Chung Yuan University, Industrial Engineering Department, Taiwan, B.S. 1974

• St. Mary’s University, Industrial Engineering Department, Texas, M.S. 1979

• University of Arizona, Systems Engineering Department, Arizona, Ph.D. Study 1980-1984

• California College of Acupuncture, O.M.D., L.Ac., 1987



• Diplomat, National Board of Acupuncturists (NCCA)



• Licensed Acupuncturists – California


Private Practice

• San Diego, California, USA. 20 years


Professional Membership

• American Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance (AOM Alliance)



• System Engineering Department, University of Arizona, 1980-1984

• Speaker for CAAOM Symposium, National Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine Alliance, Pacific Symposium in San Diego and International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Symposium 1996-2007

• International continuing education provider and speaker on Oriental Medicine, Chi Cultivation and Feng Shui 1995-2007

• American Institute of Oriental Medicine, 1991-1994



• Twelve and Twelve in Acupuncture, 1992

• Twenty-Four More in Acupuncture, 1994

• Shower of Jewels, 1996

• Dr. Tan’s Strategy of 12 Magic Points, 2003

• Acupuncture 1 2 3, 2007

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